Hexagonal – maths game

hex2I came across this simple maths game whilst looking at the kids pack they provide at Chiquitos restaurants. (They do a super breakfast including chilli black pudding. Yum!)

Two players take it in turns to colour in one of the dotted lines that links the corners of a hexagon. The loser is the player who creates a triangle in their colour. In the first picture you can see Blue goes first and loses by making a careless move.

There’s a blank game board at the bottom of the blog for you to download and print out. Although the board is easy to construct with pen and paper.

Further investigations and variations

  • Is it better to go first or second?
  • What is the maximum number of moves that a solo player can make before they lose?
  • Explore using different shapes to create new boards